LIVE STREAM of ‘Corpse Flower” bloom via The Huntington.
The rare, long-awaited and pungent bloom of an amorphophallus titanum, or “corpse flower, at The Huntington Library, Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino has begun.
After growing nearly a foot over the past week, the pungent petals of the famously foul-smelling flower peeled back, unleashing its signature bloom, along with its stench, likened to that of rotting meat.
While The Huntington remains closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the institution is inviting the public to take part virtually, streaming the progress of the putrid plant online via YouTube at youtu.be/tm1MJD-Qq5E.
Native to Indonesia and known as the largest flower in the world, the amorphophallus titanum blooms only once every several years, and on a notoriously unpredictable basis, according to The Huntington.
The plant has doubled in height in the past 11 days, growing from 27 inches tall on Aug. 27 to 54 inches tall as of Tuesday, according to The Huntington.
The bloom is the seventh show put on by an amorphophallus titanum since the first one in 1999.
More information is available online at huntington.org/corpse-flower.